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‘Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone’ and the Indisputable Mastery of Hideaki Anno

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In the world of Japanese pop auteurs, there are few rising stars as unpredictably eclectic, temperamental, and consistently fascinating as Hideaki Anno. Anno began his professional life in the early 1980s as a young animator working literally
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Daphne In The Brilliant Blue DVD Review

Director: Takashi Ikehata,

Starring: Mai Nakahara,Carrie Savage, Kana Ueda, Michelle Ruff, Masumi Asano, Megan Hollingshead, Sayaka Ohara, Wendee Lee, Yuko Kaida, Erika Weinstein,

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Based on the cover art for Daphne In The Brilliant Blue, you’d probably be ready for another misogynistic anime with scantily clad women and inappropriate sex jokes. You would then notice the 12 rating and question “How could this be?”. Surprisingly, Daphne In The Briliant Blue isn’t all tits and sexism, despite those risqué costumes. If anything, the show is a well calculated parody of shows that do objectify women – which makes the costumes just slightly confusing.

Maia Mizuki has trained incredibly hard to become a member of the Ocean Agency in a world that has become covered in water. Think Waterworld, but with style, class, and technology. We’re soon given a kick up the behind by the fact our
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Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror Of Shamballa Blu-ray Review

Director: Seiji Mizushima

Starring: Romi Pak,Vic Mignogna, Rie Kugimiya, Aaron Dismuke, Shun Oguri, Jason Liebrecht, Kazuko Kato, Kelly Manison, Masane Tsukayama, John Swasey,

Running Time: 105 minutes

Certificate: 12

Extras: Japanese Cast Commentary, English Language Cast Commentary, Creators Commentary, The Making Of Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror Of Shamballa

Before cracking on with the review, it’s important to note that this is the film that finished off the original 2003 series, since rebooted as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. That’s important because Manga Entertainment are also currently releasing collections of the latter series as well, so try not to cross the streams.

Fullmetal Alchemist was one of the greatest animes ever produced. It mixed in-depth character psychology, magic, astonishing animation, great action, emotional gravitas, and engaging stories throughout the entire course of its run. The series saw Edward Elric (Pak/Mignogna), a talented young alchemist, try and use his skills to bring his mother back to life.
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Dragon Age: Dawn Of The Seeker DVD Review

Director: Fumihiko Sori

Starring: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher Sabat, Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum, John Swasey, Chuck Huber

Running time: 85 minutes

Certificate: 15

Dragon Age: Dawn Of The Seeker is an animated film based on the popular RPG video games. I’ve never played the games, but I am a big fan of rival RPGs such as The Elder Scrolls series. I’m not exactly adverse to swords, sorcery, and dragons. Dargon Age: Dawn Of The Seeker takes place in your typical fantasy world and begins with what seems to be a religious rite, in which dragon’s blood is fed to a young girl. The girl is soon rescued by a group of knights known as Seekers. One of these Seekers is Cassandra, who is beautiful and skilled but also quite rash and violent. She soon uncovers a plot that is attempting to overthrow the Chantry of Andraste.

The film is
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Anime Festival Orlando 12 Announces Additional Guest

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Anime Festival Orlando 12 Announces Additional Guest

Orlando, Fl (June 20, 2011) – Anime Festival Orlando 12 has announced an additional guest for this year’s event. Afo already had a guest list full of talented fan favorites confirmed for the show whose work has impacted the anime community. Recently, though, they were able expand their guest line-up. Afo is proud to welcome Johnny Yong Bosch.

Currently, Johnny is working on Transformers: War for Cybertron2 where he will be reprising his role as the voice of the beloved Bumblebee. His body of work includes hugely popular titles such as Bleach (as Ichigo Kurosaki), Devil May Cry 4 (as Nero), Trigun (as Vash the Stampede) and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (as Adam Park, the “Black Ranger”).

Already confirmed guests for AFO12 are Quinton Flynn (Reno, Final Fantasy VII), Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver the “Green Ranger,” Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Reuben Langdon (Dante, Devil May Cry 3 & 4), Dan Southworth (Virgil,
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AniMania: Soul Eater

“A sound soul dwells within a sound mind, and a sound body…”

Or so Laura Bailey, the voice of Maka, tells us at the beginning of each episode of Soul Eater. While she doesn’t give us any details about the percentages of recommended daily allowances, we can tell you that Soul Eater, the latest hit series from Funimation, is 100% awesome.

If you’ve been to an anime convention in the last year or so, chances are you’ve already witnessed the phenomenon that is Soul Eater. Starting its tour of our shores as a manga serialized in Yen Press, the series went on to be collected into volumes, giving U.S. fans a taste of what the process is normally like in Japan as a title gains popularity. It exploded onto the con scene, with hundreds of cosplayers taking part in some of the biggest photo shoots I’ve ever seen.
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AniMania: Evangelion 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone

This week, one of the greatest anime series of all time will be revisited. On Tuesday, November 17th, Funimation is scheduled to release Evangelion 1.01. Subtitled “You Are (Not) Alone”, this new chapter marks a major reversioning for the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise.

Eva has been getting reworked from the beginning. The ending for the original series drew a firestorm of controversy, with its lackluster production and anti-climactic conclusion. “Death and Rebirth” and “End of Evangelion”, two feature length films meant to provide a more satisfying resolution, did more to fan the flames than to quench them.

In the meantime, there have been no end of spin offs — some official, some totally fan based — which involve everything from Angelic Days’ retelling of the series from the dream world point of view Shinji imagined in the conclusion to the original series to weird little productions like the “Ayanami Raising Simulator”, a dating
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Ani-Mania: ‘Jinki: Extend’

It’s good to see that they’re still making robot shows. No, really, I mean it. I grew up on Voltron — it was the first anime I ever watched, even though I didn’t know it was anime at the time — and while mecha isn’t my personal favorite, I still have a fondness for the genre. I suppose it would be easy to argue that with so many giant robot series already out there, do we Really need another one? We have the classics, like Macross/Robotech, the prolific Gundam universe (which incidentally gave their name to a late publication that was highly respected in the anime industry — we still miss you, Newtype) and the quintessential Neon Genesis Evangelion, a serious contender for the title of best animated series of all time. With names like these already established as the cornerstones of the giant robot genre, what more
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